“…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…”
The New York Times
John Hammond was honored with two awards at the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards in Memphis, on May 7, 2015, for Best Acoustic Blues Album for “Timeless” and Best Acoustic Blues Artist!
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2011 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
2011 Blues Music Award WINNER for Acoustic Artist of the Year
2010 GRAMMY Nominee for Rough & Tough (Best Traditional Blues Album) Rough & Tough, his 33rd album since his 1962 self-titled debut, was recorded live in November 2008 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in NYC; solo and acoustic, he plays National Steel, Guild 12-String and Stubbs 6-String guitars and harmonica. Included are songs written by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Blind Willie McTell and Tom Waits among others, as well as two of his own
1985 GRAMMY Winner for his performance on Blues Explosion, a compilation from the Montreux Jazz Festival also featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and others
2006 GRAMMY Nominee In Your Arms Again
1999 GRAMMY Nominee Long As I Have You
1998 GRAMMY Nominee Found True Love
1994 GRAMMY Nominee Trouble No More
1993 GRAMMY Nominee Got Love If You Want It
Blues Music Award Winner: 2004 & 2003 for Best Acoustic Blues Artist, 2002 for Best Acoustic Album for his Tom Waits produced Wicked Grin. To date John Hammond has been honored with a total of 8 Blues Music Awards and an additional 10 nominations.
Featured on 2010 Blues Music Awards Nominated Things About Comin’ My Way – A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks (Acoustic Album of the Year)
2002 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Historical Album Washington Square Memoirs Box Setfeatures John Hammond performing “Drop Down Mama”
Host of the BRAVO TV special and Sony Home Video, The Search for Robert Johnson
Performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists. A tireless performer, he played his 4000th date as a Rosebud artist in June 2008 and continues to tour world-wide on an annual basis
“John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it… He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.” – Tom Waits
“John Hammond is a master… He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night… The Big Boom. Boom the room.” – T Bone Burnett
John Hammond is not only “America’s modern country blues man,” he is 100% the “real deal.” – Paul Aaronson, Elmore